Husband Says Iran Sentenced His Activist Wife to Jail and Whipped


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran has sentenced a prominent human rights activist to more than eight years in prison, according to her husband.

Parsi-based Taghi Rahmani tweeted on Sunday that his wife, Narges Mohammadi, was tried in five minutes and sentenced to jail and 70 lashes. He said she was banned from communicating and had no access to lawyers. Last week, she was sent to Gharchak prison near Tehran.

Authorities arrested Mohammadi in November after attending a memorial for a victim of the violent 2019 protests. Rahmani said in December his wife had been charged “with spying for Saudi Arabia”.

Mohammadi has a long history of imprisonment, harsh sentences and international calls for a review of his case.

In May, the European Union called on Iran to reconsider its sentence of 30 months in prison and 80 lashes for protesting the killing of protesters during the 2019 unrest in the country.

A spokesman for the bloc urged Iran to review Mohammadi’s case under “applicable international human rights law and taking into account his deteriorating state of health”. Mohammadi confirmed her sentence at the time in an Instagram post, saying she “does not accept any of these sentences”.

In the post, Mohammadi said one of the charges against her was for throwing a party and dancing in prison.

She was released from prison in October 2020, having served eight and a half years in prison, after her original 10-year sentence was commuted. In this case, she was convicted by the Revolutionary Court in Tehran for planning crimes to harm Iran’s security, spreading propaganda against the government, and forming and leading an illegal group.

Prior to the imprisonment, Mohammadi was vice-president of the banned Center for Human Rights Defenders in Iran.

Mohammadi was close to Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, who founded the center. Ebadi left Iran after then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election in 2009, which sparked unprecedented protests and a harsh crackdown by authorities.

In 2018, Mohammadi, engineer, received the 2018 Andrei Sakharov Prize.


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